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Velvet worms!  Yes, velvet worms, everybody’s favorite little mucus-spraying monsters.

These guys are segmented, but they have soft teguments, so it can be a little hard to tell that just by looking at them.  Their stumpy little legs are adorably known as both lobopods and stub feet because they lack the complicated mechanisms and distinct anatomy that tend to make bug legs legs.  They’re just sort of little conveniently-shaped blobs that are almost but not quite tube feet.  They don’t have any sort of rigid exoskeleton either, so they’re stuck moving around by means of bracing their little muscles against a little tube of incompressible fluid (sort of like how your brakes work) in their tiny little bodies.

That mucus they spit comes from huge glands that can comprise almost ten percent of the worm’s weight.  They’re not above aiming for the face on dangerous prey, and they’ll eat it along with their prey to resorb the nutrients and chemicals they spent making it. (Spiders do something similar with silk.)

They’ve got little sensory organs all over their little bodies, and tiny little claws on their tiny little lobopods.  They also bear live young, either through true vivipary in some species or through internally-retained eggs in most species.  Did I mention these little pricks always look super-excited about stuff?  Always.

I think it’s because it you look at its mouth, its oral papillae (mucus-sprayers) kind of look like huge eyes. 

If you look at its eyes (simple, usually located above the antennae), its antennae make it look like a muppet.

Then they get the sprayers going, and just *bam* primordial monster.

(via broken-ice)

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trying to make sense of these

fawns are pretty much doomed to be clumsy runners because they have no flat human feet or an extra pair of legs to support them, so both a human two-legged run and a gallop look sort of weird not to mention put a lot of strain on their legs

so, i conclude that fawns are probably only capable of moving quickly in a series of erratic gallop-y hops, which gives them a lot of manoeuvrability and is fair enough because they live in forests where there’s little room to run anyway

(via the-goggles)

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Like fiery eyeball thing, no problem. But don’t even try to imagine a Samoan elf. (x)

Fun fact: In the prologue to The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien explicitly states that the most numerous “ethnic group” of hobbits, the Harfoots, were brown of skin. In fact, the least numerous group, the Fallohides, were apparently unusual in having white skin if their name (meaning “pale hide”) is any indication, so it’s a safe assumption that most hobbits were brown-skinned to some degree. Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam were of predominantly Harfoot descent (Merry and Pippin were more Fallohidish, and Smeagol was from yet another ethnic group, the Stoors), and if Jackson really cared about accuracy to the books (and just look at the movies - he’s not), they would have been played by people of color.

This gifset has been passed around a lot, and I thought I’d reblog my friend’s addition b/c there is stuff in the original text that says there were brown hobbits.  My other friend, summer-of-supervillainy often points this out too, that in the Hobbit, the Hobbits were described as having: “long, clever, brown fingers,”  Even if those descriptions weren’t in the source material though, it still wouldn’t justify rejecting non-white people to play Hobbits, but that it is makes the whole thing even worse and punches a hole through the “but they’re canonically white!” argument too.

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